With a silvery underleaf that is reminiscent of the moon's glow,
raspberry leaf has been used by
European and Native American women for thousands
of years for menstrual support, menstrual cramps and during pregnancy as
a healthy tonic to help prepare the womb for childbirth.
The therapeutic use of raspberry leaf was first described in 1597 in a
book called "The Herbal," or "A General History of Plants."
Today, red raspberry leaf and fruit are still used as medicine.
Raspberry leaves gathered in spring before the plant flowers have the highest antioxidant content.
Health Benefits of Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to
treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages
and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women,
and as a uterine relaxant.
It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and B-vitamins which
make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps and improving sleep during
The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely
beneficial for the female reproductive system.
It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say
leads to shorter and easier labors.
The tannins in raspberry leaf give it astringent properties which make
it soothing both internally and externally.
A strong raspberry leaf tea or tincture will sooth sunburn, eczema
and rashes when used externally.
Swishing with a tincture or infusion of Raspberry Leaf is great for
the gums and can help alleviate the symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease.
The high concentration of Vitamin C in Raspberry Leaf makes it great
during illness and some people also use it as a base for homemade energy
It is somewhat well known for its benefits during pregnancy, but it is
beneficial to women at all stages of life.
Red raspberry leaf is used for gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders,
- for respiratory system disorders, including flu
and swine flu
- for heart problems, fever, diabetes, and
It is also used to promote sweating, urination, and bile production.
Some people use it for general "purification of skin and blood."
Some women use raspberry leaf for painful periods or heavy periods.
It supports healthy menstruation, tones the uterus and may be used for
- It can be used to alleviate
morning sickness associated with pregnancy, preventing miscarriage
and easing labor and delivery.
Red raspberry leaf is applied directly to the skin for sore throat and
Uses of Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry Leaf can be brewed as a herbal tea which can be drunk hot
in the winter and iced in the summer.
It has a gentle taste very similar to regular tea without the caffeine,
which makes it wonderful in the evening.
If you're a tea drinker, consider adding this in place of regular tea.
Many herbal teas include raspberry to "stabilize" the other ingredients.
It may also be taken as a capsule, though rare.
Tea. To make raspberry leaf tea, pour 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water
over 1 or 2 teaspoons (3-5 grams) of dried leaf.
Close the teapot and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then sweeten to taste.
During pregnancy, drink 2 to 3 cups daily.
For a stronger tea, use up to 1 tablespoon of raspberry leaf to 1 cup
of boiling water.
To make a gallon of raspberry leaf tea, just add 3/4 to 1 cup of Raspberry
Leaf per gallon of boiling water.
Pour the herbs and boiling water into a gallon glass jar, cover with
a plate and leave overnight before straining for a strong tea.
Keep in the fridge and drink iced.
A pregnancy tea can be made using 4 parts Raspberry Leaf and 1 part
You can also add 1 part Peppermint Leaf for help with nausea during
You can also make a tincture of raspberry leaf using the same proportions
that you use to make chamomile tincture and it is great for the skin if
used externally and as a more concentrated form to help alleviate PMS,
menstrual troubles, heavy bleeding and infertility when used internally.
- 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or dried raspberry leaf
- 1.5 to 1.75 cups of boiling water
- 1.5 to 1.75 cups of vodka or rum
- Quart size glass jar with airtight lid
- Put fresh or dried raspberry leaves in clean quart size glass
- Pour boiling water over leaves just to cover them (may have to
- Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum and tightly cover
with an airtight lid.
- Store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 4-6 weeks.
This will make a strong tincture.
- After 4-6 weeks, remove from dark place and pour through a
cheesecloth or strainer.
Store in a jar for easy use.
- Normal dose for adults would be 1 tsp 1-3 times a day as needed.
For toddlers and older children 1/4 to 1/2 tsp, 1-3 times a day.